Although the weather has granted a truce to the Albanian regions affected by floods and floods, the situation is particularly serious in that of Scutari. Rescue and evacuation operations continue. Today the first aid from Italy has arrived.
Albania is again under water. The north of the country has been facing yet another flood emergency that has brought many inhabited centers to its knees. The most affected is Scutari, the city that is ironically called the Venice of the Balkans. The precipitations that have swollen the course of the rivers, the collapse of the banks, and the discharge from the dams of the Albanian water plants, are among the main causes of the floods in the areas of the Western Albanian Plain from Scutari to Vlore. The lake of Scutari instead is increasingly threateningly invading even the central districts of the city, giving the image of an island to the same Scutari seen from above.
The floods also affected the areas of Lezha, Fushë Krujë to continue towards the center, in the city of Durres and further south, going towards Fier and Vlora. The numbers are worrying. We are talking about over 15 thousand homes flooded throughout the country. Only in Scutari low, the Albanian civil protection evacuated over 13 thousand people, while in Fushe Kruje, already 600 houses are under water.
In Scutari people now move only with the boats that the army and private individuals make available. There is no electricity for prolonged periods and even water. In the city and in the low areas, the black waters have come to the surface and risk becoming the cause of probable epidemics. A kilo of bread today in Scutari cost almost 40% more than normal and the looting of those who take advantage of the drama situation exists. In fact, many inhabitants report regrettable episodes of abuse with boats, the only means of movement in Scutari these days.
The city is submerged by water and the difficulties are enormous - Gjergj, an inhabitant of the areas under water inside the city, tells us over the phone - there is no water and we are forced to use boats to move from one place to another, it is how to live in a nightmare - he concludes. In fact, over 14 thousand hectares are already under water. The houses under the water are over 3000 today and it has started to rain again and more than 12 thousand people have been evacuated.
The Albanian government has activated the civil protection, the army and the police who are trying to manage the serious crisis, but apparently this is not enough because the damages are enormous and therefore the invitation to help has been addressed also to international partners, EU and NATO, through civil protection at European level.
Among the first states to send aid are Kosovo, Turkey, and Greece, but this morning those of the Italian government arrived in the port of Durazzo. The Farnesina immediately activated the Italian civil protection, which in collaboration with the Italian Red Cross, sent the first aid. "These are mainly basic necessities," Ing. Luigi D'angelo, director of the Italian Civil Protection Department - we have prepared and sent to Albania, through the Red Cross, 34 tons of material, of which 25 in food, 5 in clothing and 4 in personal hygiene material. Italy was among the first countries to take action, also because with Scutari we had cooperation projects in the past, and at this moment (editor's note this afternoon) our technicians together with the CRI volunteers have already arrived in Scutari and Gjader ”.
The Italian aid is coordinated by the Italian Embassy in Tirana, in agreement with the Albanian authorities, and this morning, at the Port of Durazzo there was also the Italian Ambassador Saba D'Elia who declared for the Albanian media that in the next days more help will arrive.
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